| News for the Last 30 Days - Cruising (Southern hemisphere)
New exhibition explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI
By Jude Timms, ,
4:24 AM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
Almost one hundred years ago – on 14 September 1914 - Australia’s first submarine AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found to this day. ...
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
By Raunek, ,
2:49 AM Mon 8 Sep 2014 GMT
In April 2009, when Israeli based cargo ship MV Africa Star was attacked by nine pirates, the ship’s crew used coils of barbed wire to prevent pirates from climbing the ship. A major piracy attempt was thus avoided using non-lethal anti-piracy method, a technique used to protect ships in piracy affected areas. ...
World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali
By World Cruising Club, ,
10:27 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Seventeen World ARC boats took part on the start of leg 9 from Darwin to Bali last Tuesday and 10 are expected tomorrow, Monday, in the compact Benoa Bali Marina. So far no incidents or major problems were reported and some crews really made the most of the lack of wind with a mid Ocean dip. ...
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs
By Marina Arnold, ,
10:06 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Oceanair is proud to introduce the SKYSOL Frame Large, an elegant custom-built blind that solves the challenges of providing essential overhead shading, UV protection and natural temperature regulation. Designed to shade the largest of custom sized sunroofs, SKYSOL Frame Large features a unique track system that enables it to be curved, following the contours of any yacht. ...
Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike
By Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, ,
5:36 PM Sun 7 Sep 2014 GMT
Entries are now open for the truly unique Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from False Bay Yacht Club near the historic Simon’s Town, South Africa to Jamestown, St Helena Island – one of the world’s best kept secrets. ...
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone
By Sail-world, ,
8:46 AM Sat 6 Sep 2014 GMT
The yacht's two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by the German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), which is operating with the EU Naval Force whic hcame to their aid. But then came a second mayday and a second rescue. ...
Australian Maritime Safety Authority coordinates rescue of solo sailor
By Australian Maritime Safety Authority, ,
7:27 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre coordinated the rescue of a solo sailor in distress about 70 nautical miles north of Lord Howe Island overnight. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) detected the man’s 406MHz distress beacon about 10.10am yesterday morning. The man also activated the distress function on his spot tracker. ...
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse
By Greg Nicoll, ,
3:30 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
Cheerful and very enthusiastic were the first two things that struck me as I entered the Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal booth at the Toronto International Boat Show. 'Come to Montréal', they said. 'See what we have done to our harbour. Get immersed in the port’s new life and sense the energy that is everywhere around the Old Port.' ...
Dinghy Safety - More to think about
By Kim Klaka, ,
12:40 PM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
A strong offshore breeze at Rottnest Island odd Fremantle West Australia represents a significant risk to people going to and from shore or between boats. ...
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony
By Bronwen Ince, ,
4:19 AM Fri 5 Sep 2014 GMT
On Saturday, September six, the Southport Yacht Club will celebrate the opening of its 68th Boating and Sailing Season with the Club’s Annual Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. ...
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time
By World Cruising Club, ,
9:09 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
While the World ARC fleet are enroute to Bali it is interesting to note that not only have the crews commenced the second half of the rally program, they will also be entering the Indian ocean for the first time. ...
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting
By Captain John Jamieson, Florida ,
4:59 PM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
Pack a sailing seabag and you'll want to carry those essential items for sea. Here's one handy piece of sailing gear that will free your hands, illuminate a chart at night, help you reef a sail on a starless night, or find a tool below in total darkness. Pass this one along to your sailing crew--wherever you sail or cruise! ...
New earlier date for ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar proving popular
By ICA’s Cruising Prep Seminar, ,
7:37 AM Thu 4 Sep 2014 GMT
Spaces are filling up fast for the two-day event, which takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014 at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS). This year’s Cruising Preparation Seminar was originally scheduled to take place in mid-December. ...
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail
By World Cruising Club, ,
6:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
The World ARC fleet made a spectacular sight today as they sailed across the start line in Darwin Harbour. After a morning of no wind Rally Control were relieved when a slight sea breeze filled in just before the start allowing all yachts to cross the line under full sail. First across the line was Celebrate followed closely by American Spirit II and Chika-Lu. ...
Techno-Sciences chosen for AUS/NZ MEOSAR Infrastructure Deployment
By Elodie Cally, ,
4:03 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
Techno-Sciences, Inc., a recently-acquired company of McMurdo Group, the end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness division of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), today announced that it has been chosen by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to deploy their next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue systems. ...
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
By Ken McManus, ,
12:25 PM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Point Danger has rescued a 52 foot cruiser taking water in rough, dark conditions 14 nautical miles (26km) offshore south of Tweed Heads tonight. The crew on board Point Danger 30 located the vessel with two men on board off Kingscliff, escorting it safely back to port at Tweed Heads, arriving just after 7.30pm. ...
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia
By Mandurah Boat Show, ,
3:51 AM Tue 2 Sep 2014 GMT
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - WA’s biggest boat show, the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, will be on again this October at Mandurah Ocean Marina, and this year will offer more activity for families. ...
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens
By Jimmy Cornell, ,
4:50 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
31 August was exactly three months since Aventura left London bound for Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage. Since then we have covered over 6000 miles and are now bound for St Johns in Newfoundland, having
decided to abandon our attempt to transit the Northwest Passage due to persistent unfavourable ice conditions. ...
World ARC participants tour Litchfield National Park
By World Cruising Club, ,
4:39 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
The tour to the Litchfield National Park ran on August 30th with 52 World ARC participants. The rushing waters and rugged vistas that made life difficult for the early miners, loggers, and graziers now provide a focus for the park and a highlight for visitors. Participants had the opportunity to walk along set trails around stunning waterfalls or take a refreshing swim in the water holes. ...
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'
By Tamas Szekely, Budapest ,
2:57 PM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
Having given a serious consideration to feedbacks and remarks from cruisers after the Africa Europe Challenge opened for entries, the organizing team of the AEC have decided to introduce a so called Spectator’s Package so to make it possible for cruisers on a tight budget to take part in their events. ...
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'
By Don McIntyre, ,
4:32 AM Mon 1 Sep 2014 GMT
One of Australia’s great sailors and adventurers, Don McIntyre, is on the hunt for youth sailors who dare to dream of one day sailing around the world. With mentoring from young solo sailor Jessica Watson, together they hope to make that dream come true. ...
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
By Kathy Mak, ,
2:30 PM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Some may say that the sailing experience of monohulls versus catamarans is as different as chalk and cheese. Until recently, Frank (my husband) and I never gave much thought to catamarans. We rarely saw them over the years of monohull sailing on the West Coast. ...
Death by Dinghy
By Allan Riches Brunei Bay Radio, ,
4:14 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Having operated adventure training organisations - trained staff and dealt with incidents, on land and water for more than thirty years - I've seen that the simple, the routine and the mundane are the most likely places to have problems. When embarking on a great adventure, stepping into the unknown or preparing for rough weather, we take precautions, wear safety equipment etc. ...
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
By Scripps iInstitute, ,
3:31 AM Sat 30 Aug 2014 GMT
Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a 'playa,' are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. ...
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
By NOAA Fisheries, ,
7:09 PM Fri 29 Aug 2014 GMT
NOAA announced on August 27th that it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. ...